Konstantin Guericke

WhitePages has been around the startup block a few times, and now the 16-year-old Seattle company is injecting a bit of new blood. The company today is announcing that it has added Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress, an investor in about 50 startups in the region, and LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke to the board.

“We’ve excelled at finding compelling ways to present our data to end users whether it’s through helping people connect with other people, their local business or even to identify who is calling them,” said WhitePages CEO Alex Algard in a press release. “As the people data revolution continues to evolve, both Konstantin and Geoff have the experience and skill set to help us continue to lead the market as we develop new avenues to engage consumers and businesses.” 

Guericke is a venture partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, and previously served as CEO of communications startup Jaxtr.

Enress has bankrolled more than 50 startups, many of them in the Seattle area. He also sits on the board of Big Fish, the Seattle game maker.

Previously on GeekWire: Podcast: Windows 8 vs. iPad, Wal-Mart vs. Amazon, and WhitePages CEO Alex Algard

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  • Bill Lee

    I saw Konstantin give a great talk at StartupDay a few years ago about strategic partnerships. Hopefully he will come up to Seattle more now that joined whitepages

    • johnhcook

      Good to know Bill. We are getting speakers lined up, so thanks for the suggestion!!

  • Thomas R.

    WhitePages has always been one of those successful startups in Seattle that people forget is actually based here. Would be great to read a piece of how Alex started the company and how it’s grown in the past decade. It’d actually be great to read profile pieces about all the startups that have succeeded in Seattle.

  • Alex Lover

    Maybe Alex can talk about how he turned a 70MM+ Revenue company and tanked it after he came back to “fix” it. Why don’t you – Thomas R – talk to some of the past employees and shareholders who Alex bamboozled and are still bitter (and yes, I’m one of those). Yes WP.com is profitable, but it would be much more so if Alex stayed far away from it. Maybe Alex will have the guts to talk about today’s numbers and how they compare with 2007-8 figures. But probably not – his ego would prevent it. BTW – how’s his other company, CarDomain doing? Oh wait. That wasn’t such a success story unless you were Alex. Or his music/dance/video company “investment” with MC Hammer (yes, that’s true). How’s that one going Alex?

    • Thomas R.

      This is the stuff I love to read! I had no idea, it’s like the valueappeal thing. I had not heard anything from anyone about the layoffs before the raise. Please John, provide some background and don’t be afraid to piss off some people!

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